(FT5) Hot! Two new Sigma m43 lenses coming soon.


And here we are! I just “found” the two images of the new Micro Four Thirds lenses from Sigma! The bad new is that…I don’t like them. I would have preferred to see a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 (it already exists for FT) and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (also available for Four Thrids).

Here is the press release text:

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN: When used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera, Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has the effective FOV of a 38mm lens on a full-frame DSLR, which should appeal to street photographers and photojournalists.  Regardless of your choice of camera, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN features eight elements in six groups that include three aspheric lens surfaces to correct optical distortions, color aberration and unwanted field curvature. The new lens also sports an internal focusing system and Super Multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting while maintaining high contrast levels even when set at wider apertures. Other features include a new linear AF motor that eliminates mechanical gears or drives for quicker, near-silent focusing, seven rounded diaphragm blades for an attractive blur in out-of-focus areas, a 46mm filter thread, and a minimum focusing distance of 7.9″ (20cm).

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN: Extending a mere 1.5″ (38.6mm) from the front of the camera is Sigma’s new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN. This lens has a full-frame equivalent FOV of a 60mm lens when used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera. The new Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN features seven elements in five groups including dual aspheric lenses and a double-sided aspheric lens that help control edge sharpness and chromatic aberration. As with Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens, the new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens includes Sigma’s newly developed linear AF system for smoother and quieter operation, Super Multi-Layer coating for optimized contrast levels and reduced flare, a 46mm filter thread, internal focusing and a minimum focusing distance of 11.8″ (30cm).

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  • Mike

    Are these the first AF third party m43 lenses? They don’t sound too bad if they are quiet and focus fast but the focal lengths chosen are not the best choices given the primes already available for m43. I’ll reserve judgement until I see some sample pics taken with this camera.

  • HOT … not :)

  • Fan

    Not hot, but maybe more useful than you guys think.

    • MikeS

      Well, I have zero interest in macro photography, so the 30mm is out (and the 25mm would beat it as a normal prime), and the 19mm is too large and slow to replace the 20mm f/1.7.

      Even if I were to receive them for free, I can’t imagine ever using them.

      • meh

        The 30mm is not even a macro lens 1:8 or something like that…

        So both pointless lenses, with likely decentering issues and unreliable Sigma focusing..

  • They could make it hot, but…
    Even that gigantic Sigma’s APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens, which they announced for Alpha-mount could be more interesting to have redesigned for the micro 4/3.

  • Chuck you

    where are your 30, 50, & 85 1.4???

  • WT21

    Admin — can you put the OM post back on top? After realizing I can’t afford the Fuji, it’s depressing to come here, and find the first post is these crappy Sigma lenses ;)

  • SH

    They’re an engineering testbed and a way for Sigma to get it’s feet wet in a new and unfamiliar market. The autofocus system is completely new (for Sigma) – they’re designed for aps-c first and 43 second because that significantly limits the engineering resources, the other way around would be the crazy way.

    Sure they aren’t exciting, they aren’t the f/0 lenses everyone on forums seems to want, but they are going all in here – these are not adapted lens but built for the purpose of small mirrorless cameras – that is very promising.

  • Too slow, no go.

  • Max

    I wonder why so slow. There are a lot of lens in those ranges F2 or faster. AF is interesting. I’d like to see a C-mount adapter that gives AF.

  • Kevin

    these lenses are made for NEX w/ their sad line-up….doesn’t appeal to M4/3

    • meh

      Agreed they are too big (for their speed and focal length) to be worthwhile for Pana/Oly with our current line up, especially the 19/2.8?? why??? And a 30/2.8 (60mm fov f2.8), what the hell is that for?

      They have to be really made for Sony where any new options would be welcome…

  • Alyson

    Assuming they’re auto focus and assuming they’re reasonable priced they might be attractive. But price is key. They we have to be significantly cheaper than the Oly/Panny lenses to make up for the slower speed.

    • WT21

      So, they’d have to be like $75 or something?

      • Alyson

        Don’t be silly. But if the Panny 20mm f1.7 is going for say $349, how much of a savings would it take to buy the Sigma 19mm f2.8

        • Jim Ramsey Khoury

          $200 would see sales for the 30mm and $250 for the 19. Possibly chop off another $50 but unlikely.

          • WT21

            Really? The street price for the 20/1.7 is about $300. For $50 less, you’ll put up with a lens that is 1 1/3 stop slower, has Sigma’s patented yellow-glow color cast, and actually looks to be a little longer (though not wider)? Oh, and how much correction of these third party lenses will the m43 bodies do?

            Not for me, thanks. It would have to literally be under $100. There are other spending priorities than a slow, yellow lens designed for another system.

      • ijack


        In fact I wouldn’t use them even if it was free

  • Ep3zd50_ninja

    Bust out the 18-50 2.8 instead!!!

    • WT21

      There you go. I’d love a fast normal that starts at 14, but if all you are going to do is replicate existing lenses, the 18-50 would be much more useful than these.

  • Max

    19mm f/2.8 doesn’t sound like a good competitor to the amazing 20mm 1.7. Its larger, slower. 2.8 is taking you into zoom territory not a prime.

    • Lumix 20mm f/1.7 is not too good at F2.8. All depends on how good this lens is wide open. Larger and slower can mean better optics. But we don´t know yet…

  • Max

    sigma making a cheaper version of the Oly 12mm f2, would be nice. Even a 12mm f2.8 at $300 compared to $750 for the Oly lens, would be a smart marketing to get us to buy Sigma.

  • ktr

    Well, on the first view, the won’t fit very good in the current m43 lense lineup. The 19mm competes with the 20mm/1.7 – will be hard for Sigma to win some points here.

    They might have a better chance with the 30mm macro as Panasonics 45mm is very expensive.

    And additionally: don’t forget the guys who make videos. If the lenses have a quiet and smooth AF system this will be helpful.

    I would not say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ now. Just wait for pictures and hands-on reports.

  • Do

    According to dpreview.com, the 30mm is NOT a macro lens, not even near to close-up lens: . “It has a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:8.1”.
    That’s a pity, I hoped for lens that’s comparable in price and performance to the Zuiko 35mm.
    Source: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/10/SigmaDigitalNeo

  • Anonymous

    Not fast enough on both counts. Waste of time.

  • The 30mm focal length actually (is what I have been wishing for from Olympus and) fits very well in the gap in my setup of 12mm, 20mm and 45mm primes.

  • luke

    They are really designed for e-mount with a crop factor of 1.5, Micro four third is an after thought.

    30 x 1.5 = 45mm (35mm equivalent)
    19 x 1.5 = 28.5 mm (35mm equivalent)

    45mm is a normal lens
    28.5mm is a wide-angle lens. make much more sense!!

    A good day for NEX users. f/2.8 is fine because NEX APS-C sensor can be used at really high ISOs.

    Micro four third users got amazing 25 1.4 and 14 2.5. so no need for those sigma lenses.

    • carpandean

      Yup. m4/3 is an afterthought for these lenses, so they don’t make much sense. I wonder if they’ll release m4/3-specific lenses once they’ve got all of the bugs worked out. It would increase engineering costs, but likely lead to a lens with higher sales.

  • Keith

    Slow and pointless as we already have a superior 20/1.7 and 25/1.4 and 45/2.8

    I want a 17/1.8 pancake!!!!

  • Miroslav

    Pretty useless, yes, but these are first third party AF lenses for m4/3 and that’s better news than lenses themselves.

  • I am glad that the third party vendors are making some lenses for m4/3, but I was disappointed that the lens is listed as a normal prime on the Sigma website.
    All indications were that it would be a macro lens which would have given it a niche between the 35 3.5 and the 50 2.0 in the 4/3 mount. While it will be in m4/3 and thus not require an adapter the pricing will have to be very good to attract many buyers.

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